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    Wattery Oil

    I just bought a 2002 WRX and I have a Injen CAI and exhaust system. I changed the oil for the first time and the car was way over filled with oil. All of the oil almost didn't fit in my catch can, an the oil seemed real wattery. Is it suspposed to be like that or do you think my CAI is ingesting water into my engine?

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    when you let it sit in a mason jar.. does water separate from the oil?

    How are you on coolant?

    Do you have your fender liner in place still?



    First off.. some synthetic oils are more fluid/viscous/flowing at room temperature than regular dino oils.

    Secondly... you may have a problem with a blown gasket if there is coolant and oil mixing...

    Third... If your fender liner is in place... anything short of drew driving it into a 4ft puddle isn't going to cause ingestion.
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    Yes, my fender liner is still in place, and I checked my coolant and it is pretty low. If I had a blown gasket wouldn't the engine not be running properly. So far the engine seems strong and is running good. I did have a code that said I was running to lean, so I took the MAF sensor out, cleaned it, took the air filter off and cleaned that too. And I haven't had any problems since.

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    You should have recovered less than 5qts.

    Usually you get a brown soupy mess in both the crank case and the cooling system if they are mixing.

    Who knows what the PO may have done or put in there though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mycologist View Post
    Usually you get a brown soupy mess in both the crank case and the cooling system if they are mixing.
    After sitting, they should separate though, correct?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinister View Post
    After sitting, they should separate though, correct?
    Yes indeed. Didn't mean to imply that was incorrect. The water settles on the bottom and would have come out first.


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    Was it overfull on the dipstick or just more oil than you are used to seeing come out of a car? It has at least a quart more than many 4cyl.

    If the oil is actually thinned, it is most likely from gas (running way rich or idling for extended periods). You could send it to blackstone and get it analyzed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mycologist View Post
    You could send it to blackstone and get it analyzed.
    Probably the best idea. They have pretty good turn-around, correct?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinister View Post
    Probably the best idea. They have pretty good turn-around, correct?
    Sounds that way, I've never felt the need.
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    There was about a half of a court too much, and I have never seen synthetic oil that thin before. I am pretty sure there isn't a blown head gasket because there is no white smoke coming from the exhaust, and the oil didn't really look milky. It was really dark and looked regular oil except it came out like i was dumping a bucket of water. It looked the oil was just changed by penzoil from the dealership when I bought it. Maybe some dumbass just messed up, but I am hoping there is no major damage to my engine since I only have a 30 day warranty on it. It is running fine so I have no idea what it could be. I was thinking it could have been from the car sitting in the dealership and the oil thinned out.

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    oil wouldnt just thin out from sitting, especially if it was really synthetic oil. if it was really thin, it would have to be from a contaminant such as water or gas in your oil. the only other possibility would be if you usually change your oil with a cold engine, and this time you changed your oil with a hot engine, oil will decrease in viscosity as temperature rises, ie get thinner.
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